Summer Elberta Life Saving Station Wedding



July 28, 2018

bride and groom on Lake Michigan

Frankfort, Michigan is a quaint town in Northern Michigan on the southern end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Surrounded by pristine dunes, beaches, lighthouses and Lake Michigan, it is a favorite location for many to visit.

About a year ago, Kyle and Adriel visited the Frankfort beach. Overlooking Lake Michigan, Kyle proposed to Adriel, and she said yes! Fast forward another year, Kyle and Adriel had planned their Northern Michigan Destination wedding at the Elberta Life Saving Station.

The day was beautiful as Kyle and Adriel prepared for their wedding at the Frankfort Hotel. The blue skies, a warm breeze and the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan surrounded them as they had their first look on the beach to begin their day’s celebration.

Following their first look, their wedding party joined them to head to the Stormcloud Brewing Company, which one should not miss if you like beer!  After an fun filled time spent with their bridal party at the Stormcloud, they all headed to the Life Saving Station for their wedding and reception.

The Elberta Life Saving Station is part of two buildings: one constructed in 1887 (which was one of only two life saving stations on Lake Michigan at the time) and one constructed in 1936 as part of the Ann Arbor Railroad terminal building. Today, it is a beautiful historic building that is maintained by the Village of Elberta and is rented out for weddings. The front porch was the location for Kyle and Adriel’s wedding and reception.

It was a perfect evening of celebration outside, under the starts, with a full moon, and overlooking Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan. And it ended with a fantastic re-creation of the Dirty Dancing lift to close out the evening. We were so honored to have been invited to play a part in photographing your wedding day. Congratulations Kyle and Adriel!  Much love and appreciation, Rayan.

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Event Planner: Simply Exquisite by the Bay | Venue: Elberta Life Saving Station | Getting Ready Location: Hotel Frankfort | Photography: Rayan Anastor Photography | Florist: Simply Exquisite by the Bay | Reception Music: Mike Valliere | Dessert: Grand Traverse Pie Company | Hair & Makeup: M.O. Hair and Makeup | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Invitation Designer: Minted

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  • Angela Egner

    Rayan – you are immensely talented and an absolute joy to work with. You were unobtrusive and worked your tail off to capture the day. And – wow – you have given back to us the most precious of memories. These are beautiful.  We are deeply grateful. Thank you.  Angela aka Adriel’s MomReplyCancel


      Angela, thank you for your kind words! Adriel and Kyle had such an incredible day and I am really honored to have met all of you and been able to photograph this wonderful day when your two families came together! If I can do anything else, please do not hesitate to reach out! Warmly, RayanReplyCancel

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